CSI insights 2017-12-08T10:47:24+00:00


We share lesson and insights from our various knowledge platforms focused on corporate social investment including annual research and curated articles from The Trialogue CSI Handbook, and insights from the Trialogue CSI Conference and the CSI forums.

The art of collaboration in education

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , , |

The Trialogue CSI Conference hosted a panel discussion on collaboration in education, on 24 May 2016. The session explored what it takes to build meaningful relationships with key stakeholders, in order to realise impact in a sector as notably challenging as education. Collaboration in education panel (fltr): Barbara Dale-Jones, [...]

Ensuring relevance and adaptability in fundraising and grant-making

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

The challenges and demands in social development seem to be almost infinite, but money and resources are most definitely not. Speaking at the Trialogue CSI Conference on 24 May 2016, Cassiem Khan told an audience of non-profit organisations, private and corporate donors, government and other social development stakeholders that fundraising has [...]

Sound monitoring and evaluation builds a strong organisation

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

It is crucial for non-profit organisations and corporates alike to be able to prove the impact that their social development initiatives are having, in order to secure ongoing and possibly increased financial support. A panel discussion on monitoring and evaluation (M&E), convened on 24 May 2016 at The Trialogue CSI [...]

Funding innovations

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In an increasingly challenging funding environment non-profit organisations and corporates must find innovative, collaborative and sustainable ways to work together in their efforts towards social development. A panel discussion on funding innovations, held at The Trialogue CSI Conference on 24 May 2016, introduced delegates to three innovations in funding, viz. [...]

CSI has an important role to play in The South African Project

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

Professor Brian O’Connell spoke passionately on the topic of The South African Project at the Trialogue CSI Conference, held in Johannesburg on 24 and 25 May 2016. O’Connell has a long and distinguished career as a policy advocate, community activist and educator, and is the retired rector and vice-chancellor of [...]

Overview of the state of CSI in South Africa

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

An estimated R8.1 billion was spent on CSI in 2015, said Nick Rockey, managing director of Trialogue. Rockey was speaking at the opening of the Trialogue CSI Conference in Johannesburg, on 24 May 2016. The sector, which experienced an average of 12% real growth between 2004 and 2014, experienced a [...]

First day of CSI conference highlights collaboration

By | May 24th, 2016|Categories: CSI, Media Insights, Newsletter|

During the first day of Trialogue’s annual CSI conference, speakers, panelists and delegates explored developments in the field of corporate social investment (CSI) and shared lessons from successful interventions. The two-day conference being held in Johannesburg on 24 and 25 May has brought together more than 450 delegates from corporates, [...]

Trialogue CSI Conference to explore how collaboration can enhance impact in development

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: CSI, Media Insights|Tags: , , , |

Businesses spent R8.1 billion on corporate social investment (CSI) in South Africa during the 2014/15 financial year, but what kind of impact did this spend have? This year’s Trialogue CSI Conference, themed Collaboration for Impact, will explore how, if effectively strategised and supported through mutually beneficial partnerships, CSI spend can contribute [...]

CSI Forum: Social Return on Investment

By | February 28th, 2016|Categories: CSI, CSI Forums|

Held in Johannesburg at Tsogo Sun (9 February 2016) and Cape Town at Sanlam (11 February 2016)  Overview Effective monitoring and evaluation is imperative for decision-making, improved project implementation and determining the results of CSI projects and programmes. Social Return on Investment (SROI) – a fairly new concept in South [...]

Social enterprise and CSI

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , |

This is a summary of key points from the CSI forums that Trialogue hosted in Johannesburg (10 November) and Cape Town (12 November). Overview Social enterprise (SE) is a fairly new concept, steadily gaining international momentum. While there is an ongoing debate about its exact definition, a SE is broadly [...]

Will the revised BBBEE Codes impact CSI approaches to skills development and education?

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , |

This is a summary of key points from the CSI forums that Trialogue hosted in Johannesburg (18 August) and Cape Town (20 August). Skills needs and unemployment The government in South Africa spends 6% of GDP and over 20% of the national budget on education. Additionally, 49% (about R4 billion) of [...]

Does achieving CSI impact require companies to influence government practice?

By | August 7th, 2015|Categories: CSI|

Trialogue hosted CSI Forums in Johannesburg (9 June), Durban (10 June) and Cape Town (11 June). This is a summary of key points from those sessions.  While most companies consider government a key stakeholder in their CSI programmes, it seems not many CSI departments explicitly consider the question: “should our [...]


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